No. 10 Saint Joseph's Field Hockey to Meet No. 7 Michigan in NCAA First Round
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Saint Joseph’s field hockey team, ranked 10th in the nation and fresh off its second consecutive Atlantic 10 title, will take on Michigan in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship on Friday, November 9.
The Hawks will face off against the seventh-ranked Wolverines at Karen Shelton Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at 2:30 p.m. The winner will take on either top overall seed North Carolina, Monmouth, or William and Mary in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Monmouth and William and Mary will meet on Wednesday, with the winner heading to Chapel Hill to face the host Tar Heels.
Saint Joseph’s (18-2) claimed its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship crown with a 1-0 win over VCU at Ellen Ryan Field on Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke posted her Division I-best 10th shutout of the season en route to being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, while senior Joely Helder tallied what would be the game’s lone goal late in the first half. Helder was joined by senior Anna Willocks and freshman Tonya Botherway on the All-Championship Team.
Michigan (13-6) earned an at-large berth to the Championship after falling in the Big Ten semifinals on Friday. The Wolverines posted a 7-1 record in the Big Ten this season.
The Hawks, making the second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, took on three teams in the bracket this season, posting a 1-2 mark with a win over Monmouth and defeats to Duke and Rutgers. The Hawks and Wolverines have never met.